CHICAGO (CBS) — A house in south suburban Dolton was destroyed in an early morning fire, after firefighters were unable to get inside, due to the house being “packed to the gills” by “pack rats.”
Smoke was showing as crews arrived at the scene on the 14600 block of Lincoln Avenue around 2:30 a.m.
Fire Chief Terry Hughes said it appeared the house was owned by “pack rats” who had filled the building with junk, preventing firefighters from getting inside.
“We got to the front door, and couldn’t get any farther than two feet in the house. It’s just packed to the gills,” Hughes said. “There’s no way we could make interior, because it would be too dangerous for our firefighters. So we ended up having to go defensive mode, and with all the stuff in there, it all ignited at once, and that’s why we have now lost the house.”